Scott Monson spoke to the public on Sunday in the choir room.

Monson accepts school's offer to become its next superintendent

Scott Monson spoke with passion about wanting to become a superintendent again after stepping down from that role in Marshall two years ago.
Monson is currently employed as a director of sales for SightlogiQ Consulting Firm. Prior to that, he has been superintendent of schools in Marshall for six years and Morris for 10 years. He was also principal at Benson for four years and Fulda for one year, as well as being a Business Education teacher and coach at various locations in Minnesota and South Dakota.
Monson has also been a Minnesota State High School League official for 27 years for football, basketball and baseball.
When the position of superintendent at Minneota School District opened following the resignation Dan Deitte, who accepted the same position at the Hutchinson School District, Monson felt a strong desire to return to an administrative position in a school system, especially this one which is close by.
Monson and his wife Allison have a four-year-old daughter, Logan, and another child on the way.
After talking it over with his wife, Monson decided to apply here. He was one of seven applicants. He and Berg were narrowed down to the final two candidates.
"After being away from school for a few years, I realized how much I miss the students and the staff," he said, during a public question and answer session in the Minneota choir room on Sunday afternoon. "I love the school atmosphere, as well as the family atmosphere and the community atmosphere that goes along with it."
Monson and Alan Berg, an administrator with the Big Lake School District, were the two finalists for the position of superintendent here. Both made a favorable impression with all involved.
The school board and administrators met with each candidate in the conference room, while the other was involved in the public Q & A. Following those sessions, the school board held a special meeting where it was agreed to offer the job to Monson pending contract negotiations.
The school board then met that evening and agreed to offer the position to Monson. They are now working out details of his contract, although he is positive the two sides will come to an agreement and he will become the new superintendent on July 1.
"I'm really excited," he told the Mascot on Tuesday. "I don't anticipate any problems with coming to an agreement. I've agreed verbally to accept the position and if we don't come to an agreement with the contract I'm more than willing to sit down, roll up our sleeves, and get things worked out."
Monson graduated from Lake Park, a small high school near Detroit Lakes.
"I had only 38 in my graduating class, so I know the advantage of a small school," he said. "That's not a knock on big schools because each school size has advantages and disadvantages. But what I mean by that is with a small school you get to know everyone -- students, staff, parents and community -- and it becomes a family atmosphere. Family is very important to me."
Once contract negotiations are completed, Monson has agreed to sit down with the Mascot for a lengthy interview.

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